[OSM-legal-talk] CT, time period for reply to a new license change (active contributor)

Ed Avis eda at waniasset.com
Fri Apr 8 11:54:07 BST 2011

Michael Collinson <mike at ...> writes:

>- In the case of a major license change, there would be a run up of
>at least several months of publicity and discussion before the final
>formal vote announcement.

An interesting question is whether the change from CC+ODbL dual
licensing to just ODbL by itself would count as such a major change.
(The proposed contributor terms talk about distributing the map under
both licences, and while they're not an explicit promise from the OSMF
to do that, it's one reasonable interpretation.)

If there were an open vote of contributors before dropping CC
licensing, many of the contributors currently unhappy with the
proposed licence change might reconsider.

At the moment there is something of a credibility gap because while we
are assured that any major licence change in future would have a
formal vote, that principle isn't being followed for the ODbL introduction.

Ed Avis <eda at waniasset.com>

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